ERIC Number: EJ1068736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Academic Staff Performance and Workload in Higher Education in the UK: The Conceptual Dichotomy
Graham, Andrew T.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v39 n5 p665-679 2015
Higher education in the UK is under increasing pressure to manage the workload of its academic staff in a way that maximises the outputs from teaching and research. The emergence of this trend can be traced back to 1989 and the government legislation that introduced neo-liberal managerialism into the sector mirroring the laissez-faire approach to the economy that was prevalent at the time. This article examines the literature surrounding workload management and staff performance in the sector to try to establish whether the two have been conceptually linked. A desk-based narrative literature review was executed in order to scrutinise the literature and attempt to answer the main question: what does "performance" mean in relation to an academic role and how is this related to an academic's workload within the post-92 (referring to ex-polytechnics and colleges of higher education granted university title following the Further and Higher Education Act 1992) higher education sector? The results of the review show that the literature is dichotomous both in terms of the two areas being discrete and also in the conceptual stance taken by writers in each area. Whilst there are inferred links between workload management and performance, these have not been explored. The article concludes by outlining what further research is needed on the linkages between workload management and staff performance specifically, using socially-critical methodology.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Faculty Workload, Neoliberalism, Literature Reviews, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Job Performance, College Faculty, College Administration, Databases, Online Searching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Great Britain)